Explains and demonstrates dialect differences in standard English. Calls upon five guests from different geographical areas in the United States who illustrate pronunciation differences. Shows how language variations are divided into geographical areas. Features Dr. Henry Lee Smith of the University of Buffalo
July 12, 2018 Subject:
A Sad Subject
The fact that the Mary-marry-merry merger had not fully overtaken Maryland back in 1957 leaves me with a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, that acts as an example of how the Old South once fairly largely made the Mary-marry-merry distinction quite clearly in the past, something that is good. On the other hand, it shows the impact that time can have on dialects when a country tries to create an artificial standard dialect and quietly pushes it down people's throats, as is the case with General American in the United States, an artificial dialect which can be said to be at fault for the loss of the Mary-marry-merry distinction in much of the United States, amongst other sound-distinction losses,
Indeed, even in the Northeast of the United States, where the distinction has historically been the strongest, young people are losing the distinction at a rapid rate due to the interconnectedness of the country now due to television, the Internet, social media, and so on, and are adopting the artificial Midwestern-based General American dialect "standard" instead.
In time, only Britain, Ireland, Australia, and a few other English speaking countries will maintain the distinction. That day may even come to pass in my lifetime, which is very depressing.
January 28, 2018 Subject:
Pretty Much Misses The Point
His thesis is quite flawed, but he's going to pretend it isn't.
Poorly organized discussion of so-called dialects. The NY guy never does a Brooklyn accent. The Tidewater dialect sounds like a Canadian. I never heard that from an American.
The line across central Indiana is interesting. I never heard the word "greasy" pronounced with a "Z" until I met a guy from the south side of Indianapolis (south of I-70). No southern accent at all, but he said "greazy." He was the only person I heard say it that way, yet I had previously lived in Texas and Tennessee.
Very dubious "facts" presented here. But it's an interesting topic.